How to get free (and legal) access to journal articles behind paywalls: the Open Access Button

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I’m sure all of you engaged in research will be familiar with messages such as this:

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It’s an example of what you see when you are trying to access a journal article and hit what’s known as a paywall. If you’re lucky, your institution has paid for a subscription: you log in and voila! The PDF appears! If you’re not so lucky, you might feel stumped and as if the only way to read the article is to pay the requested cost.

But, this isn’t necessarily the case? Did you know that usually authors are entitled to make a free version of the article available via their institution? If you’ve ever come to me asking for an article you can only find behind a paywall and I email you back a PDF in 5 minutes, it’s most likely that this is the version I’ve found.

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Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition

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To paraphrase the words of the Chicago Manual of Style team, on Monday 21st August two rare events were celebrated in the US: a solar eclipse and the unveiling of the new Chicago Manual of Style Online.

ebooks@cambridge is pleased to announce that current staff and students of the University now have access to the new 17th edition, on and off-campus, via iDiscover or directly via this link.

About the Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style is a style guide for American English, published by University of Chicago Press, prescribing writing and citation styles widely used in publishing. The Chicago citation style is also recommended to students by a number of Cambridge University departments for use in essays and other forms of work.

What’s new in the 17th edition?

As well as a much more up-to-date look, the site has been enhanced with additional content. Of…

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Reference and User Services Quarterly moves to OA

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The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) announces that its Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) journal will move to open access beginning with the fall 2017 issue.

RUSQ disseminates information of interest to reference librarians, information specialists and other professionals involved in user-oriented library services. The decision to move RUSQ from subscription based to open access was based on many factors, most notably the open access movement strongly supported by librarians. Other factors include ensuring a continued pool of strong authors and articles, ease of access for readers as well as broader worldwide access as the cost for professional journal subscriptions is extremely prohibitive.

“It is essential for RUSA to clearly live the values that we espouse as professionals; the move to open access is an important step in that direction,” states RUSQ Editor, Barry Trott. Read more about the transition from the editor in the first open access issue…

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Electronic Legal Deposit and ebooks

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Have you had trouble connecting to an ebook from iDiscover? Perhaps you have clicked on the ‘Online access’ link and waited for your ebook to open, only to get a ‘Connection timed out’ message some time after? If so, you have probably stumbled across an Electronic Legal Deposit ebook.

time-outWhat is Electronic Legal Deposit?

A growing number of publishers are now fulfilling their legal deposit obligations by depositing electronic rather than print books with the six legal deposit libraries, including the UL. Publishers currently doing this include, but are not limited to, Routledge, Edinburgh University Press, Palgrave Macmillan and Sage, and more are due to follow suit in the next few years.

How do Electronic Legal Deposit ebooks differ from purchased ebooks?

Ebooks that are deposited on Electronic Legal Deposit differ from ebooks purchased from publishers or aggregators (such as those bought by the ebooks@cambridge service or directly by Faculty…

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Factiva – searching for a specific article

Factiva tutorial – resources such as AllAfrica can be accessed via Factiva (further details available from the issue desk)

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Factiva is a  business and news database of over 8,000 publications. Sources date from 1969 onwards and include full-text of many national and regional newspapers. Here is a quick guide on how to search for a specific article on this platform.

Example article: Salt, J. and Clarke, J. 2005. Migration matters. Prospect Magazine.

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The search term in this case is “migration matters”.

Note that the default date range is usually set to “30 days” . You can change this to “all dates” using the dropdown list.

You can also choose the exact source you want to search by clicking on the blue triangle next to Source, which brings up a new search box. In this case you want to search the “Prospect Magazine”.

Finally, we suggest using the search button at the bottom right hand of the screen in order to see the full range of results. The…

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New ebook titles – September 2016

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Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during September. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

Click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

ames1   business1  criminology1  education1  engineering1  history1  hps1  italian1  law1  mml1  sociology1    sps1  sps2  teaching without disruption aw.indd  hps2  history2  sps3  ames2  hps3    matsci1  law2  matsci2  education3    ames3  education4education5   engineering2  engineering3  hps4     law3  mml2  sps4  

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Links to ebooks from iDiscover

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A temporary issue with iDiscover is causing ebook links to display incorrectly. Until the issue is resolved, please access ebooks as follows:

From a search results list, click on the ebook title, rather than the green Online access link (if you do click this it will take you to the detailed record and not the ebook):

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You will see that the View Online section of the detailed record is empty (this is where the link should appear if all is well):

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To access the ebook, scroll down to the ‘Links’ section of the record, and choose the second link in the list (the wording of this will vary with supplier, but for all records we have seen so far it should always be the second link):

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We very much hope that this is a temporary change to the way ebooks are displayed and accessed and we will update…

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New ebook titles – August 2016

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Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during August. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

Click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

9781118517864_cover.indd   Education1  Education2 Engineering1  HPS1  Medicine1  Medicine2 made in spain aw.indd  Music2  Education3  English1    Business2  Business3  african1  architecture1  business4  divinity1  education4  geography1    italian1  law1  medicine3  medicine4    music3  music4politics1   african2  education6  business5     business6  education7  education8         

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Times Digital Archive adds over 20 years

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The Times Digital Archive 1785-2010 in a new extended version adds over 20 years to the original 1785-1985 edition, offering users an extra 585,000 pages, approx. 3.4 million articles, and more than 6,500 issues.

The old interface has been replaced by a new one offering additional features:

  • Citation generation – users can now automatically create citations and export them to 3rd party bibliographic software, such as EndNote and RefWorks
  • Named user functionality – a Gale account allows users to save searches and marked items across sessions
  • New image viewer – ability to manipulate images more easily and view articles and whole pages full screen
  • Wider variety of printing options – making printing awkward size articles much easier
  • …and an all-new design, making the archive a more pleasant experience to users

Access the new version of the archive here: http://libguides.cam.ac.uk/go.php?c=8160238.

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Simplifying the user experience for British Newspapers and Burney

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From tomorrow, 7 July 2016, the British Newspapers 1600-1950 site, which enabled cross searching of the Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers and 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers collections, will be retired and cross searching provided instead via the Artemis platform here:

http://gdc.galegroup.com/gdc/artemis?fromProdId=ECCO&p=GDCS&u=cambuni

The links in the eresources@cambridge A-Z and Cambridge LibGuides A-Z have been updated.

Nineteenth century British Library Newspapers and the 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers continue to be provided as separate collections.

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